19 Eylül 2017 Salı

Police Crash 'Electronic Cigarette Party'

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 September 2017)

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Slow night at the precinct house. Let's raid something!

Although the use of electronic cigarettes is increasing each day,
police in Istanbul conducted a raid on an 'electronic cigarette party'.
In Turkey the sale of electronic cigarettes is forbidden so when the
'electronic cigarette party' was announced on social media police
took notice.

The organizers of the party rented the top floor of a restaurant on
Istiklal Avenue in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul and advertised
the free party, complete with models in attendance, as follows:
"Vape Party Istanbul - Turkey's first electronic cigarette party.
Unlimited drinks and atomizers free!"

The party took place on 17 September and police raided it soon
after it began, with the three organizers taken into custody based
on law number 5607 that protects the health of citizens.  The 800
people who attended the party will be fined for 'smoking cigarettes
in a confined area (!)'.

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'World's Oldest Profession' as Grim as Ever

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 September 2017)

Adana'da genelevden ayrılmak isteyene kadına işkence
    Taking 'work-place violence' to a new level.

S.S. works at a brothel in Adana.  When she tried to leave she was
locked in a dog house and had dog feces smeared on her face as
her tormentors tried to force her to eat the filth. Ultimately, police
arrested three suspects and opened a case that calls for 20-year
prison terms for all three.

The incident occurred on 6 August.  S.S. wanted to leave the brothel
because she couldn't get along with the other women there.  S.S.
promised to pay her boss Ö.O. (35) her 100,000 TL debt within 3
days but Ö.O. refused her offer.  S.S. then called police and asked
for help.  The police came and took S.S. to the local airport so she
could leave Adana for good.

However, S.S. noticed that Ö.O., another woman from the brothel
named S.Y. and the brothel's parking lot attendant Y.T. had followed
her to the airport so S.S. hopped in a taxi to get away from them.
Her three pursuers, though, cut off the taxi, dragged S.S. out and
brought her back to the brothel, where they beat her with a club.

S.S. was next put into the brothel's dog house where dog feces were
plastered on her face as the suspects tried to force her to eat it.
After two days in another room at the brothel a tip led police back
to the brothel and S.S. was freed.  Ö.O and Y.T. were jailed and
S.Y. was freed pending trial.  All three were charged with 'human
trafficking' and 'inciting prostitution' and 20-year sentences were
requested by the public prosecutor.

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                            Adana province

18 Eylül 2017 Pazartesi

Schitzo Dad Left Him on Mountain at 6

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 18 September 2017)

Köylüler ayak izinden bulmuştu Toros Tarzanının hayatı nasıl değişti
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

Hasan Hüseyin Kahrıman was born in Balcılar village of Taşkent
district in Konya.   At age 6 he was left at the top of a mountain 10
kilometers away to fend for himself by his schizophrenic father (!).
Seeing that his son had survived the first night on the mountain,
his father brought Hasan a chicken, rooster and bees.  With the
chicken's eggs and the game he hunted, Hasan lived this way until
he was 15 years old.

Hasan explained that "we were five siblings and all of us were afraid
of the mountain.  When I asked my father why he was leaving me
on top of the mountain he said 'you'll become a very brave child.'  My
mother told him not to do it but he didn't listen. Later we learned that
my father was schizophrenic. He passed away two years ago."

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Hug a tree when there's noone else to.

Hasan said that on the mountain top he learned how to hunt and how
to stay warm: "when I pulled apart a rat's nest I found juniper cones
and I realized that the rat used them to keep warm."  He said that his
best friends were foxes.  At age 15 the local villagers told Hasan it
was time to leave the mountain and learn a trade.

When Hasan was 11 his father brought him a rifle to hunt with on
the 2,000 meter-high mountain.  Hasan hunted for a while but after
saving a drowning snake he decided against hunting any more.
These days, Hasan has a steady job in Hadim district but longs to
get back to the mountain at every opportunity.

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     Taşkent district is Konya's southernmost.

Ancient Hippodrome Emerges in Antakya

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 18 September 2017)

Romadaki hipodromdan daha görkemli
The glory that was (ahead of) Rome, a thousand miles away.

The foundations of a hippodrome and temple constructed during the
Roman era in Antakya (Hatay), which has played host to many
civilizations throughout history,  have begun to emerge.  After the
excavations are completed a 20-hectare (1 hectare = 10,000 square
meters or 2.471 acres) 'Arkeopark' (archaeological park) will be
established in the city.

The excavation work began in 2013 under the auspices of Hatay
Mustafa Kemal University.  The hippodrome and temple are located
160 meters from one another.  Built in the first century B.C., the
hippodrome is about 500 meters long and 75 meters wide, having a
seating capacity for 80,000 people.

Prof. Dr. Hatice Pamir explained that in those days Antakya was
considered one of the world's largest cities, along with Rome and
Alexandria, so the structures are a reflection of Antakya's splendor.
According to Dr. Pamir, the Antakya hippodrome is older and more
magnificent than the one in Rome.

Dr. Pamir added that "the inner arena of the hippodrome is 492
meters in length so a chariot could make a one kilometer lap.  We
think there were two seating levels that could accommodate 80,000
spectators.  It was grander and more splendid than the 'Circus
Maximus' that was built during the same era but a bit later in Rome.

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17 Eylül 2017 Pazar

A Tale of Two Couriers

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 17 September 2017)

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In a nutshell: Zafer, Gizem and the courier motorcycle.

Gizem Tatlısert (25) works as an accountant at a factory in Selçuklu
district of Konya and lives separately from her husband Zafer
Tatlısert.  Last Thursday, Zafer went to Gizem's factory posing as a
courier.  He was then able to enter the factory and shoot Gizem four
times (!), wounding her seriously.

Police trailed Zafer to a coffeehouse in Meram district, surrounded
it and watched Zafer jump from the third floor balcony to the
second floor balcony and finally to the first floor balcony, where
he was apprehended (!).  Zafer explained that he loves Gizem very
much but was jealous of her. He is also a fugitive, having been
sentenced previously to 6 years in prison for wounding and

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                        Konya province


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(Milliyet Newspaper, 17 September 2017)

Kuryenin bağırsağında 85 kapsül kokain
           Worst part was he forgot his Tums.

An Ethiopian drug courier coming off the Addis Ababa-Istanbul
flight at Atatürk Airport was found to have two kilograms of cocaine
in his belly, in the form of 85 capsules.  Police were suspicious of
C.K.O.'s swelled stomach and actions so he was x-rayed, revealing
the capsules wrapped in condoms in his intestines.

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Botox Treatment With a Side of Cappuccino

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 16 September 2017)

Nişantaşı botoks
'Dr. Nazan', left (can't miss her!), and botox patient.

On 28 August at a café in Nişantaşı, one of Istanbul's fanciest
neighborhoods, a remarkable incident occurred.  Patrons at the café
saw one customer plunging a syringe into the face of another customer.
Before long, everyone realized that a botox treatment was being
performed (!).

A woman who identified herself as 'Doktor Nazan' explained that
"I had to get to an operation but in the meantime this patient wanted
a botox treatment on short notice so I did it in the café."  During the
treatment 'Doktor Nazan' used the scissors and other items belonging
to the café.

In the photos taken by a customer, it can be seen that 'Dr. Nazan'
made sure to wear rubber gloves while performing the botox
treatment.  Afterwards, the patient put ice on her face while 'Dr.
Nazan' spoke on her phone and sipped a cappuccino.

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16 Eylül 2017 Cumartesi

Cousteou's 'Calypso' Re-Christened 'Turkish Phoenix'

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 16 September 2017)

‘Calypso’ yeniden  yelken açacak
    His roughest seas turned out to be in Yalova.

Four days ago the ship R/V Calypso, which researcher Jacques-Yves
Cousteou used for his explorations, burned up in Yalova (!).  The Coustou
Foundation has announced that the ship's frame survived the electrical fire
and will be reconstructed.

The foundation, led by Coustou's widow Francine Cousteau, did not
assign blame for the tragedy in its announcement: "The Calypso suffered
damage in the 12 September fire but there was no loss of human life.  It
appears that only the wooden portions of the ship were lost.  This incident
will delay the reappearance of the Calypso on the seas but not prevent it."

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